Food Allergy

Should I Introduce Shellfish to a Peanut and Tree Nut Allergic Child?

Q: My daughter has severe allergies to peanut and tree nuts. We’d like to know if she’s safe to eat shellfish, which she hasn’t yet tried (she’s 8 years old). The allergist advised she could just try shrimp but my husband and I are scared of a possible reaction. Should she have a blood test before trying tor what would you recommend?

Can Someone With a Nut Allergy React to Mangoes or Peppercorns?

Q: Testing has confirmed that our 4-year-old is allergic to cashews and pistachios. (We visited an allergist after our daughter’s reaction to one cashew, in which her eye and lips became swollen and she got hives.) I’m unclear about what other foods she’ll need to avoid. While those are the only nuts she tested allergic to, I’ve read that cashews are in the sumac family, along with mangoes and peppercorns. Will she need to avoid those too?

What to Do If You Have a Reaction When Home Alone

Q: I’m a single mom and my teenager with multiple food allergies is alone in our apartment before I get home from work (about 6 p.m.). Any suggestions for what she should do if she finds herself having a reaction while on her own? Dr. Sharma:  Putting a plan in place for managing anaphylaxis is critical in all settings, and is especially important… Read more »